away in the woods

away in the woods

away in the woods is an upcoming RPG Maker XP game about a woman who lives alone in the woods. Spend three days, each a quarter century apart, in her shoes, learning the woods and shaping her reputation in the nearby town. What will she be known as?

away in the woods is a non-combat RPG based on exploration, item collection, and sidequests. All of its content will not be able to be accessed in a single playthrough, but each playthrough should only take around 30-40 minutes. Exploring everything the game has to offer should take about 3-4 hours. There are five endings, each a different reputation the woman can obtain at the end of her life.

This game is an aromantic love letter to the future I wanted as a kid, inspired by the Hermit ending of Aveyond 1: Rhen's Quest, the poem "If No One Ever Marries Me" by Laurence Alma-Tadema, and every old lady NPC in an RPG I've ever encountered tucked away in the woods.

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